Utah firefighter creates device to prevent home fires

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 4:35 a.m.

    This is noteworthy and good for normal conditions and normal homes. From reading this its unclear if it will work in homes with gas stoves which will become more popular as electricity costs are going to double in the next year if Rocky Mountain Power gets its way.

    Many homes and apartments are communal homes where many families will occupy a home with 30 people designed to support a family of 6 people. Over crowding in homes has more to do with fires than stoves themselves. Communal homes turn every room in to a family center with hot plates and circuit overloads are common in bedroom wiring. Zoning laws and building codes says its illegal to cook in other than kitchen but foreign nationals aren't bound by optional state and federal laws.

    I think they will have to make this device smoke alarm independent and impervious to tampering to make it valuable in saving property or a life or two. We often see in the news about fires where multiples of families living in one single family dwelling which negates the value of this device.

  • Soul Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    Great innovation, the "new shut off device" should be part of every electric stove sold in America? The innovators should be handsomely compensated for "having built it"? Imagine the $$ millions of property damages that can be prevented, and especially the lives saved.